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Seniors & Senior Care

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Aging in Place

Liberal

  • Introduce a 15% tax credit for up to $50,000 in renovation & construction costs for adding a second unit to a home for an immediate or extended family member.
  • Expand the Canada Caregiver Credit into a refundable, tax-free benefit.
  • Double the Home Accessibility Tax Credit.
  • Create an expert panel to provide recommendations on an Aging at Home Benefit.

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Conservative

Pay $200 per month per household to Canadians living with and taking care of a parent over the age of 70.
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NDP

  • Develop national care standards for home care and long-term care.
  • Make the Canada Caregiver Tax Credit refundable.

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Green

  • Expand parental leave to include leave to care for elderly family members.
  • Increase the proportion of LTC investment in community & home-based care from 13% to 35%.
  • Make the Caregiver Tax Credit refundable.
  • Change the Home Renovation Tax Credit from $10K/household to $10K/person.

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Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

Liberal

Work with provinces & territories to increase the Canada Pension Plan & Quebec Pension Plan survivor's benefit by 25%.
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Green

  • Increase the CPP's target income replacement rate over time for income received during work years.
  • Regulate the CPP Investment Board to require divestment of coal, oil, & gas shares.
  • Ensure all investments by the CPP Investment Board are ethical & promote environmental sustainability.

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Health & Security

Liberal

Introduce a 1-800 help line for seniors as a single-point-of-access to a wide range of government services & benefits.
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NDP

  • Lead a National Seniors Strategy to work with provinces, territories, & Indigenous governments to prioritise seniors' health care, reduce isolation, & reduce seniors' poverty.
  • Fund a national dementia strategy.
  • Work with seniors to develop an elder abuse prevention plan.

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Green

  • Develop & fund a National Dementia Strategy.
  • Establish a Federal Office of the Seniors' Advocate to provide oversight & leadership on issues related to the current needs of Canadian Seniors.
  • Develop a National Elder Abuse & Neglect Strategy.

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Long-Term Care

Liberal

  • Invest $9B over 5 years to improve long-term care.
  • Develop a Safe Long-Term Care Act.
  • Work with the provinces & territories to raise wages for personal support workers, with a guaranteed minimum wage of at least $25/hr.
  • Work with the provinces & territories to train up to 50K new personal support workers.

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Conservative

Amend the Criminal Code to make it clear that the operator of a licensed care facility shall be presumed to have legal duty to the residents.
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NDP

  • End private, for-profit long-term care.
  • Bring long-term care homes under the public umbrella, beginning with the federally owned long-term care company Revera.
  • Work with patients, caregivers, & governments to develop national standards for home care & long-term care, to ensure access to a consistent quality of care country-wide.

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Green

  • Bring long-term care under the Canada Health Act.
  • Create enforceable National Standards for LTC, enforced through penalties including criminal prosecution.
  • Require Emergency & Pandemic Preparedness for LTC, including supplies of PPE.
  • Set a national standard of 4 hours / day of regulated care for each resident.
  • Increase staffing.
  • Improve training, fair pay, benefits, & paid sick leave for staff.

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Old Age Security & the Guaranteed Income Supplement

Liberal

  • Increase Old Age Security by 10% next year for seniors 75 & over.
  • Increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement by $500 for single seniors & $750 for couples, starting at age 65.
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NDP

  • Create a Pension Advisory Commission to develop a long-term plan to enhance Old Age Security.
  • Increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
  • Make automatic enrolment in OAS and GIS retroactive.

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Senior Women

Conservative

Develop a national strategy to address poverty and violence for senior Canadian women.
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Staying in the Workforce

Liberal

Introduce a Career Extension Tax Credit for people 65 & older.

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